These are some reviews of the features released in 2005 that have generated the most discussion and interest among film critics and/or the general public. Sometimes small-scale, informal projects can liberate a director.
Without the pressure and weighty expectations involved in producing a major work, inspiration flows freely and the result is an even more accomplished piece of art.
Although the general path followed by the plot is pretty straightforward, Song leads us down many odd and fascinating detours.
There is So-yeon's uncle, a middle-aged man with bleached blonde hair who hasn't spoken since his wife abandoned him.
The controversy of The President's Last Bang was being played out in the courtrooms and in the entertainment news.
The media found it interesting as 'a story of human triumph' but most people seemed certain that Kang Woo-suk's feature would dominate the box office.
A peacock appears on the island, with no clear explanation or motivation.
And the tango, a very un-Korean pasttime, makes a striking appearance in the film.
In a year that has been lacking in unexpected discoveries, Git is an exciting find.
At its rousing premiere at the Green Film Festival in Seoul, a prominent Korean film critic told me it may be the best romance Korea has ever produced.